Coronavirus: MPI to return $110M to policy holders

Manitoba Public Insurance building
Manitoba Public Insurance building. Shane Gibson/Global News

Manitoba Public Insurance will be returning $110 million to policy holders.

Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton made the announcement Thursday morning.

“Rebates will be based on what policy holders paid last year and expected to be around 11 per cent, or between $140 to $160,” said the province in a statement.

“Policyholders can expect a rebate cheque at the end of May to early June.”

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The surplus is due to the fact there have been fewer claims during the novel coronavirus pandemic, said Wharton, combined with “strong year-end financial results.”

The Public Utilities Board still needs to approve the rebate.

Asked about more crown corporation layoffs, Wharton demurred.

The province has asked government workers and crown corporations to consider a shorter work week instead of layoffs. They are currently talking to local unions about the idea now, but no more information has been forthcoming.

Wharton said the rebate has nothing to do with possible payroll savings due to layoffs.

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The number of cases in Manitoba stands at 257. Six people have died. Seven people are in hospital, with three in ICU, 154 people are recovered and there are 97 active cases.

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